Message for Students and Educators Affected by Widespread School Closures

The Bates Office of Admission wishes all those affected by recent natural disasters and extenuating circumstances — including strikes, hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and wildfires — a quick and safe recovery as you return to school and work. We know that many students’ and educators’ personal and academic lives have been disrupted by these events, and we want to work with you to ease pressures related to the college application process.  If you need more time to submit your application, transcript, recommendations, or senior grades, please contact either your regional representative or the Office of Admission at 207.786.6000 or

If your family’s financial situation has been affected by a natural disaster and you have questions about the financial aid process or deadlines, please contact Student Financial Services at 207-786-6096 or to discuss your situation.

If paying the application fee will be a financial hardship for your family, we will approve any fee waiver requests by affected students.  Simply select “yes” in response to the fee waiver question within the Common Application and then choose the last option on the Fee Waiver list, “I can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.”

If you are unable to take standardized tests (ACT, SAT I, or SAT II Subject Tests) this fall, rest assured that Bates is a test-optional institution.  Applicants will not be disadvantaged if they do not submit standardized test scores.

For students who wish to submit test scores but find the cost to send the score reports to be prohibitive, we will accept scores that are reported by your school counselor or appear on your high school transcript.

If you need any additional assistance in completing your application to Bates, please do not hesitate to reach out to your regional representative or the Office of Admission at 207.786.6000 or

All the best,
Bates Admission Staff